On Saturday night the rising Raiders leapt into the top eight after coasting to a massive 48 – 4 win over the listless Cowboys at Canberra Stadium.
The Green Machine now have a very real chance of playing in the finals, Saturday’s match a must-win and win they did, stringing together four straight victories.
In the final round of the regular season Canberra travel to Brisbane to play the Broncos, and they can even afford to lose as long as it is by a small margin to still finish in the top eight.
Raiders fans that bet on them to ‘Make the Top 8’ through Ladbrokes.com.au have a nervous week ahead
The Cowboys have been the disappointment of the year having won just five games this year and haven’t been able to enjoy victory since Round 20.
With the Storm taking out the Wooden Spoon this year after being banned from earning any competition points, it will be North Queensland that take out the ‘teaspoon’ and finish last of the premiership contenders.
It was another embarrassing performance by the Cowboys on Saturday night, the visitors kept scoreless until the final five minutes while the Raiders easily ran in nine unanswered tries.
The huge win was headlined by four tries from Reece Robinson, who was a late call-up to replace the injured Adam Mogg, and a double to boom fullback Josh Dugan.
Robinson opened the Raiders account just four minutes in and would go on to score another in the 21st minute then a double in second-half as well including the final try of the night a minute from time to ice the cake for the home side.
By half time Canberra had the Cowboys wrapped around their fingers, and took a devastating 28 point lead to the sheds.
First half doubles to Robinson and Dugan, the fullback’s first in the 16th minute super impressive as Dugan carried a group of defenders over the line with him, were accompanied by a fifth four pointer by Glen Buttriss and four conversions from Jarrod Croker.
In the second half Canberra didn’t slow down and after halfback Josh McCrone scored in the 51st minute, prop David Shillington got over in between Robinson’s second double.
The only thing stopping the Cowboys from finishing up scoreless was a late 75th minute try by winger Michael Bani.
It wasn’t all good news for the Raiders, however, as co-captain Alan Tongue injured his calf while celebrating his 200th NRL game.
Want to bet on the Raiders v Broncos game in the final round? Don’t put your money on either team at the TAB. Make sure you lock in the best odds and ensure your wins will be the biggest possible by signing up and betting at leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.